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Judith Sargent Murray, writing around and after the American War of Independence, produced poetry, plays, periodical essays, and a sentimental novel published in instalments. A recent biographer puts her closer to the centre of debate about women's role in the new American republic than Mercy Otis Warren or Abigail Adams. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 May 1751 Judith Sargent (later JSM) was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the eldest of eight children, only half of whom seem to have survived.  Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1775 Judith Stevens (later JSM) composed her earliest-dated extant writing (published in June 1794 in the Massachusetts Magazine): "Reflections in the Manner of Hervey—Occasioned by the Death of an Infant Sister". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
February 1792-August 1794 JSM published a series of essays entitled The Gleaner in the Massachusetts Magazine.  Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1798 JSM's The Gleaner was collected in three volumes, by subscription (759 subscribers for 824 sets at a dollar a volume), as a money-raising venture. Bibliographic Citation link.
1816 The year after her husband's death, JSM completed, edited, and published, as Records of the Life of the Rev. John Murray, the autobiography which he had left unfinished. It was her final literary work. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 July 1820 JSM died in Natchez, Mississippi, which, apparently, she still thought of not as her home but as a place of exile from Boston. Bibliographic Citation link.
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